Maryland safety Darnell Savage, Jr. is likely a player we’ll be discussing quite a bit as a possible 2019 NFL Draft selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the next several weeks as he’s already been linked to the team in a few mock drafts. That will likely continue to happen following the Steelers bringing in Savage for a pre-draft visit. With our draft profile of Savage already on the site, a few readers are wanting to see more about the plays he made during his college career at Maryland.
In an effort to provide you as much information as possible when it comes to several top players in the 2019 draft class, I am currently putting together as many contextualization posts as I can between now and the end of April and especially when it comes to players who the Steelers might select in the various rounds. In this post, we’ll contextualize the defensive plays made by Savage during his college career and specifically those that included him registering ether a tackle for loss, a sack, a pass defensed, a hurry, an interception, a forced fumble, or a blocked punt or kick.
Savage registered 8 interceptions and 14 total pass breakups in the 46 games that he played in at Maryland dating back to 2015. He also had 9 total tackles that resulted in lost yardage with one of those being a sack. He also registered one blocked punt that he returned for a touchdown. I was able to track down all of these 32 plays that he made and they are contextualized for you in the table below and in order. Each play is linked to a video of it on Youtube.
I really think most of you will like what you see of Savage after watching all of these plays. He very well could wind up being the Steelers safety choice in the draft this year.